But don't you feel like we have enough over the top open world games? I mean, that's pretty much all video games do is be over the top. For my part I liked GTA4 so much because, though that game did not resemble a reality anywhere near our world, it felt real. Same thing with protagonists for me - it just seems so much more interesting to me to follow a protagonist that is morally centered but does awful things anyways (though I don't think Niko Bellick was unlikable by any means, he's easily the most complex and well written Rockstar protagonist to date) because no one in the industry is really doing that. Anyway, from your description, it kind of just sounds like you want to play games like Saints Row. I think GTA4 was more trying to be a successful drama and satire than a game where you look at the shiny explosions and whatnot, and GTA5 will probably do the same.